Spring Cleaning Your Rental Property

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22144328_sAs a landlord, Spring time can mean not only deep cleaning your residence but also giving any rentals that you own a little TLC. The winter months typically bring some severe weather and your properties may have sustained some damage during the season. Even if your properties made it through the winter unscathed, Spring is a perfect time of year to touch base with your tenants and do some minor improvements that will help to keep your rentals prepared for all seasons.

These are some areas inside the home that might need some attention:

  • Furnace filters. If the filter for your furnace is dirty and hasn’t been replaced recently this can significantly reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. If your system is equipped with a removable filter you can remove it, wash it, and replace it. If not, you’ll need to purchase a new filter.
  • Air conditioner maintenance. Having a professional air conditioning technician come and provide maintenance to your air conditioner is an essential step in preparation for the hot weather of the summer.
  • Caulking and sealants. To prevent moisture, allergens, and pests from entering your home make sure that the caulking and seals around the windows and doors are not cracked or missing. While you’re at it double check all of the screens and make sure none are missing or damaged.
  • Test any smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide alarms and replace batteries if necessary.

Outside of the home there are additional areas that should be checked for spring maintenance:

  • The roof. Check the roof for damage including missing or cracked shingles.
  • Drainage. Clean out the gutters and downspouts to ensure that water will be carried away from the home if there is a spring rainstorm.
  • Deep cleaning. Give the house a pressure wash to remove any dirt or growth that might have accumulated during the moist weather of the winter
  • Landscape. Cut tree limbs and shrubs. Take extra care to make sure that any trees or bushes that block the visibility of the driveway are cleared.

Maintaining the property that you rent to others is just as important as maintaining the property that you live in. Your rental home(s) is an investment and keeping it well cared for will protect that investment. Call our office today to discuss our property management services and how we can help!